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Lake Pollywog stocked for fishing

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has partnered with the city of Dry Ridge to provide a fishing opportunity at Lake Pollywog.

The 3.5-acre lake is enrolled in the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program. The FINs program, which began in 2006 with five lakes, now includes 35 lakes in 22 counties. The goal of the program is to provide quality fishing opportunities near cities of all sizes throughout the commonwealth. These lakes are great places to make a quick getaway, relax and catch a mess of fish. They also are great places to take the family fishing without traveling far from home.

The lake will receive two yearly stockings of channel catfish and three annual stockings of rainbow trout.

Since trout prefer cold water, the department stocks them during the cool months of February, March and November. The department will stock catfish during March and August.

Lake Pollywog will receive its first stocking of 700 channel catfish during the first two weeks of March. The stocked channel catfish will be 12-16 inches long and average 1-pound each. The stocking of 1,500 rainbow trout is scheduled for mid-March. The lake already received 750 rainbow trout stocked in early February. Rainbow trout will average 9-12 inches long.

Additionally, lakes containing sunfish and bass will be managed and stocked as necessary. Check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website for the complete list of lakes, exact stocking dates, license requirements and directions to each lake. The site also has a place for you to submit pictures of your catch. Just go to www.fw.ky.gov/urbanfishing.asp <http://www.fw.ky.gov/urbanfishing.asp> to get the latest information.

Daily limits for each angler fishing a FINs lake includes five rainbow trout, four catfish, one largemouth bass over 15 inches and 15 bluegill or other sunfish. A statewide fishing license is required for anglers who are 16 and older. Licensed anglers who want to keep their trout must have an additional trout permit. The trout permit is included in the $5 senior license for those anglers age 65 and older, as well as the sportsmen’s license.

• March 1 - Marked the start of the new year for fishing licenses. By purchasing a fishing license and trout permit you are helping fund fisheries management and the FINs program.

For information on other great fishing opportunities check out the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at www.fw.ky.gov <http://www.fw.ky.gov> under Fishing Kickoff for tips and hotpots.